IBM Lands Two University Grid Projects

Both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oregon will implement the company's grid technologies on their campuses.

IBM scored two major grid-computing wins when the company revealed Wednesday that both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oregon will implement its grid technologies on their campuses.

Plans for the University of Texas grid promise to be the largest university grid-computing project in the nation, supporting more than 50,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff members.

Grid computing links computers at different locations, resulting in a virtual system that boosts computing power and speed to previously unattainable levels.

Dubbed UT Grid, the project will be led by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at Austin, in partnership with the university's Information Technology Services department, the Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences, the Center for Instructional Technologies, and the College of Engineering.

Researchers and students at the University of Texas will use grid technology for simulations; data sharing and data-intensive calculations, including genomics and proteomics investigations; climate modeling; petroleum exploration; and environmental remediation.

The UT Grid Portal, based on TACC's GridPort3 grid portal toolkit, will enable direct use of all UT Grid systems. GridPort3 will also be used to construct specialized science portals. IBM and TACC will co-develop grid application software using the Web Services-Resources Framework and Web Services-Notification specifications.

In addition, UT Austin plans to link UT Grid to other major grid projects, including the Texas Internet Grid for Research and Education and the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid.

Meanwhile, the University of Oregon is using grid computing, Linux, and IBM supercomputer technology to speed and improve the diagnosis of epilepsy, stroke, and depression.

Researchers at the university's Neuroinformatics Center received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build an advanced grid-computing infrastructure for diagnosing and treating these and other brain-related conditions.

Earlier this year, the university completed the ICONIC (Integrated Cognitive Neuroscience, Informatics, and Computation) Grid installation using IBM eServer p690, eServer p655 servers, and IBM BladeCenter J20 servers running Linux, WebSphere Application Server, and the open-source Globus Toolkit.

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